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Year: 2007 Week: 51 Number: 87
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Technical news ===
[Printing] - As we all probably know, the layout for printing Wiki
pages is not the best. The Wikimedia Foundation announced a
cooperation with the Open Society Institute and the Commonwealth of
Learning to make an extension that will enable nice printing options.
[AMS-IX] - The Wikimedia Foundation received a Gigabit internet
connection at no cost from Amsterdam Internet Exchange (one of the
largest internet hubs world wide), for the "good of the internet".
=== Request for help ===
[Greenspun] - The Philip Greenspun Illustration Project, coordinated
by Brianna Laugher (meta:user:Pfctdayelise), is now accepting requests
for image proposals to run in the project. If you really really want
an animation to be created, you can request it there, and there will
be a small amount of money available for the creator to stimulate the
creation. It is likely that the first round of this creation process
will start at the begin of January.
Our internal media collages of WikipediaWeekly have an interview with
Brianna about this.
=== Foundation ===
[Wikinews] - Wikimedia Serbia has made a formal agreement with the
Serbian news agency "Beta news" for using there news articles in
Serbian and English on Wikinews.
[Wikimania 2009] - The formal start for the submissions for candidate
cities to host Wikimania 2009 is open now until 15th of February.
Reminder; for 2008 Wikimania is in Alexandria, Egypt.
[Wikimania 2008] - The first public planning meeting was held on IRC
with many topics being discussed for 2 hours on Thurs Dec 13. Next
meeting was planned for Saturday 22nd Dec, 1500 (UTC).
[Staff] - The Wikimedia Foundation hired it's first new staff for the
relocation to San Francisco. Sue Gardner announced that Erica Ortega
will be the new Office Manager and Cheryl Steffen will be the Personal
Assistant for the Executive Directive.
[SR Wikimedia] - A translation and adaptation to local law of the
Creative Commons license in Serbian is presented. This is done with
the collaboration of Wikimedia Serbia.
[Felon?] - According to the blog "The Register" the former Chief
Operating Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation was a multiple convicted
felon. Concerns have been raised that the story told in the "The
Register" is inaccurate. Mike Godwin, the WMF legal consul, posted on
Foundation-l that the WMF can not give comments about this because of
legal restrictions. Mike Godwin did say that "the Foundation has
retained an independent firm that conducts criminal background checks,
consistent with state and federal law in the USA." Jimmy Wales also
promised that if it would turned out that money has been stolen he
will compensated it from personal funds. Jimmy promised that so that
people could feel comfortable about it, not that he expects there will
be a problem.
-- The Register
http://tinyurl.com/2hvor8 -- Wikinews report
[Chapters] -- The Wikimedia Foundation has officially approved two new
chapters: Wikimedia Sweden and Wikimedia Argentina.
=== Media ===
[Abuse] - Since the WikiScanner came up, the media are all the time
stunned by the fact that people, but also companies and governments
are actually editing Wikipedia, also on spots where they maybe should
not. However, the media are *still* reporting on numerous new found
governments and companies, such as recently the BBC and the US
Military. Although the bare facts might be boring to Wikimedians, it
is funny to see how media are still reporting this.
[Signpost] - Wales’ comments on citing Wikipedia produce BBC correction
[Extra! Extra!] - News paper headline reads "U.S. military command
hacks Wikipedia". Translation; kindergarten level normal vandalisme on
[Family reads also] - Articles about living people are also read by
direct family of these famous people. Jeff Tweedy, musician, says in
an interview that his son founded out things about the past of his
father by means of Wikipedia.
=== Stats ===
[q:fr]- The French Wikiquote has reached 5,000 quotes. This project
was deleted in April 2006 (see Wikizine 19 Extra) and only restarted
one year ago in December 2006.
[Wiktionary 2nd in the World!] - At least according to Alexa.com for
the category of English language dictionaries.
[Daily Image] - Commons started in February with the service of
sending out the link to the Picture of the Day. There are now already
over 1000 people using this service.
=== Other news ===
[Knol] - Google announced a new project, Knols. It will contain pages
with encyclopedic-like information, written by individuals, which will
appear at the top rank of Google. The writers will receive a share in
the advertisements. The big question is not: What license will Google
require? It is likely that this will raise a conflict of interest, now
Google is both publisher of information and search engine. Currently
content from the WMF projects is very highly listed in most search
requests. As a result very large amounts of traffic comes from Google
to the WMF projects.
[US senate] - Jimmy Wales has testified in the US senate about the
positive use wikis for the government can have. This is in relation of
an effort to make US government websites and databases more searchable.
http://hsgac.senate.gov/_files/121107Wales.pdf -- the statement of
Jimmy Wales before the US senate
=== Did you know ... ===
... that Wikinews has a weekly quiz about the current events of last week?
Wikinews is using the MediaWiki extension "Quiz" for this function.
=== Quote ===
"It's not the size of your tools that matter, but how you use them."
-- Cary Bass on IRC
"Then I asked if he was surprised that Google did it; "I am surprised
it took them so long. :)" -- Responds of Jimmy Wales in regard of the
Google Knol project.
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